Record pressure on Lowu

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 April, 1998, 12:00am

A RECORD 280,000 people travelled to the mainland via the Lowu border crossing yesterday in preparation for today's Ching Ming festival - 20,000 more than expected.

All 64 departure counters were opened. The checkpoint closed at 11.30pm, 30 minutes late.

Police were deployed on crowd management at all KCR stations as long queues formed for tickets to the mainland, with the worst affected being Hunghom. At the peak yesterday afternoon, there were 4,000 people waiting in the concourse.

Tickets were sold on a quota basis with 200 tickets per train sold in the morning, 400 in the early afternoon and 600 after 3 pm.

Visitors to ancestral graves in the territory are urged to make full use of public transport today.

To help meet medical needs during the Ching Ming festival some outpatient clinics will be open tomorrow.

Further details on which clinics are open during the holiday can be obtained from the Department of Health on 2833 0111.